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Keep government out of religion

August 26, 2012
The Herald-Star

To the editor:

Through a news story, I have become aware that the city logo for Steubenville appears to contain a religious symbol, a Christian cross. I find it very strange that the city of Steubenville would openly depict and promote the Christian religion. According to City Data, only 43.9 percent of Steubenville's population is even affiliated with a religious congregation. Further, it has been long held, in accordance with the first amendment to the U.S. Constitution, that government is not to establish, interfere with or prefer one religion over another. The case law on this issue is unequivocal.

In fact, the structure depicted on the city of Steubenville logo appears to be the Christ the King Chapel. Thus it appears that the city government is promoting the Catholic church. How is it that any city government in the United States should promote one Christian faith over the others or even faith over non-faith?

Religion needs to be kept out of government and government needs to be kept out of religion.

Dale Harmon

Lewis Center

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